January 2009

Advanced payment due March 12 for students returning to CSB & SJU next year

If your son or daughter will be returning to Saint Ben's and Saint John's next year, their advanced payment is due by Thursday, March 12. A separate billing is not mailed for this advanced payment. You will find more information as well as payment options on the CSB Student Accounts Web site if your student attends Saint Ben's or the SJU Student Accounts Web site if your student attends Saint John's.

Theology professor heads to inauguration

Miguel Diaz, professor of theology for CSB/SJU and Saint John's School of Theology, attended the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington, DC. He received the invitation because he is a member of President-elect Obama's Catholic Advisory Council. His wife, Marian Diaz, director of the Corad (theological exploration of vocation) at SJU and Companions on a Journey at CSB, accompanied Miguel on the trip. In addition to the inauguration, Miguel and Marian will attend the traditional inauguration prayer service on Jan. 21 at Washington National Cathedral, in which the new president and vice president are expected to participate.

SJU President Emeritus Dietrich Reinhart passes away

Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, president emeritus of Saint John's University, passed away peacefully in St. Raphael Hall, the retirement center at Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, early on Monday, Dec. 29.

Senior Parents: Grad Finale sponsored by the Bookstores

The CSB and SJU Bookstores will host "Grad Finale" from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wed., March 18, in the Great Hall for SJU seniors and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thurs., March 19, in Alumnae Hall for CSB seniors. This is a one day, one location event where seniors pick up their cap and gown, as well as finalize all their graduation needs with campus departments. You will receive a letter in February explaining the Grad Finale details. You can also visit our Bookstore Web site for additional information.

Annual Father-Son Luncheon for SJU students, fathers and/or mentors scheduled

The Center for Men's Leadership and Service announces the Annual Father-Son Luncheon at Saint John's on Saturday, Feb. 14. This event will be held in association with the 6th Annual Conference on the College Male. This years' theme is "Best Practices for Involving College Men." Fathers/mentors and their sons are invited to participate in the entire conference which runs Feb. 13-14. To register for the father-son luncheon and/or the conference, please complete an online registration form. Questions can be emailed to the Men's Center at menscenter@csbsju.edu or you may contact them via phone at 320-363-3995.

Second SJU Red Tie Gala set for Jan. 30

More than 200 Saint John's University alumni, spouses, parents and friends are expected to join Johnnie coaches at the second annual SJU J-Club Red Tie Gala on Friday, January 30, in Brooklyn Park. The evening features a dinner, dance and silent auction with proceeds going to the Saint John's Athletic Department. Excited about the response last year, the J-Club Board of Directors is eager to see the Red Tie Gala become established as a mid-winter tradition for the University. "You don't have to be a sports fan," says Thom Woodward '70, J-Club secretary, "to enjoy a great evening filled with music, fun and members of the extended Saint John's family." Woodward adds that the silent auction will be exciting, too, with a wide array of items up for grab, ranging from a Johnnie championship golf bag to a John Gagliardi-signed football to a day on Mille Lacs Lake with a professional walleye fishing guide. Visit the Alumni Web site for more information or to register.

Tips for helping your student pick a major

"What is your major?" The majority of students will struggle with this question at some point during their college careers. Even the student who appears to have it all figured out at high school graduation typically goes through moments of self-doubt, if not a full-blown change of college major. As a parent you can help your student select the major that best suits him or her.

Several job and internship fairs coming up

Internship and job search season is in full swing. Your students have access to E-Link (our online posting site) 24/7 and can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a career counselor at a time that is convenient for them. Additionally, many annual job and internship fairs are coming up in the next month or two.

One world, two wheels: Five CSB/SJU grads bike the world

Start with five CSB and SJU graduates. Add in some bikes, tour 16 countries covering 10,500 miles in 13 months, and throw in some musical instruments for good measure. What do you get? Fueled by Rice; an experience that will never be forgotten. Read the story of these five amazing alumnae/i.

Warm up with a good book from the college bookstores

We have over ten thousand trade books on our Web sites; everything from the latest bestsellers, books about our wonderful campuses as well as a selection of recommended titles by several people on our campuses, including the recommended reading list from the late Brother Dietrich. The entire list can be found under the Readers Corner link on the left side of our Bookstore Homepage. And between now and the end of Feb. you pay no shipping charges on orders over $50 placed on our Web sites, just use the coupon code BRR2009 when you order.

Send a valentine to your son or daughter this year

The CSB/SJU Bookstores are offering Valentine's Day packages available for pre-order Jan. 26-Feb. 6. We are selling red roses and assorted carnations. You can purchase the roses in groups of 1, 3, 6, or 12 and the carnations in groups of 3 or 6. We will also have a Valentine's Day balloon available to purchase. All orders will be ready to be picked up at the selected bookstore location on either Friday, Feb. 13 or Saturday, Feb. 14. Please visit our Bookstore Web site to view the contents of each package and place your order. Or call the bookstore at 800-420-4509 for more information.